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1. Introduction
2. Sites Where You Can Get Your Music Reviewed
3. Radio Shows that will Play Your Music
4. Online Services that will Help to Sell Your Music
5. Sites Where You Can Upload Your Band's MP3s or Videos
6. Helpful Music Resources
7. The Written Agreement Amongst Band Members PART II by Entertainment Lawyer, John Tormey
8. 25 Things To Remember About Record Distribution PART II by Christopher Knab














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Artists wishing to be considered are encouraged to visit the web site where information and a printable application form can be found: http://www.IMC2003.com

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2. INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the March Edition of The Indie Contact Newsletter. I apologize for the lateness this month.

In our first article this month, John Tormey, an Entertainment Lawyer, presents Part II of his article on the written "Agreement Amongst Band Members" (AABM). The AABM is a worthy precaution for those artists that are serious about their career.

In our second article, music business consultant, author and lecturer, Christopher Knab, presents the second half of his insightful list that focuses on the key points of the "CD Distribution" process.

For anyone interested, the people at ArtistFirst World Radio have been kind enough to interview me for a second time. The interview will take place on Wednesday April 9th at 9:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time). You can listen in at http://www.artistfirst.com You can e-mail any questions or comments to requests@artistfirst.com and I will do my best to address them on the air. You can also phone in at: 330-823-2264.

As is the case every month, there is a large group of new contacts listed that can help you to gain more exposure for your music. So dig in, and enjoy the (very late) March issue of The Indie Contact Newsletter!

David Wimble
Editor

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Below are the contacts that were submitted to me in February. The contacts listed are sorted into FIVE sections.

1. Publications that will review your music
2. Radio stations/shows that will play your music
3. Services that will help you to sell your music
4. Sites where you can upload your band's MP3s or videos
5. Helpful resources and promotional sites for recording artists

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2. SITES/PUBLICATIONS WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR MUSIC REVIEWED

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Image Magazine
Tommy Anderson tanderson@imagemag.com
http://imagemag.com
Denver's premier nightlife guide containing monthly music reviews and band articles. Image also sponsers local music showcases every month in Denver and the outlying mountain area.

Africa's Gateway
Shane Heusdens heusdens@mweb.co.za
http://www.AfricasGateway.com
The only site in Africa to give coverage to the best in underground hip hop/rap. The biggest hip hop site in Africa.

Dert!
Dawn Laureen photodol@aol.com
http://www.dertonline.com
Dert! covers the indie, mainstream and everything in between. You can send hard copy kits to PO 29126 LA CA 90029 or email your music website for review.

The Metal Directory
Matt B. webmaster@metal-directory.com
http://www.metal-directory.com
A comprehensive online resource for extreme music.

Harvest Moon Music
Dave Knoch tattooz@harvestmoonmusic.com
http://www.harvestmoonmusic.com
Webzine focused primarily on rock and heavy metal album reviews and band information.

The Music Box
John Metzger editor@musicbox-online.com
http://www.musicbox-online.com
The publication covers a wide array of music, including blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, folk, and the many configurations of rock and roll. Subscribers to The Music Box's e-mail list and regular visitors to its web site are treated to the latest concert and album reviews, the occasional interview, and daily music news and tour updates.

The Circular Cosmic Spot
hal9000@sdriver.com
http://www.sdriver.com/spot
Electronic/experimental music reviews and news. The bleeding edge of the outer limits.

Moving Hands Music Magazine
johan.astemark@movinghands.net
http://www.movinghands.net
Highly acclaimed Swedish mag. We review everything that fits our style (synth, industrial, electronica, electronic, EBM, postpunk, deathrock, alternative etc.)

The Female Musician
Theresa J. Orlando fm@femalemusician.com
http://www.femalemusician.com
FM's electronic monthly publication offers interviews & cd reviews with commercial and independent artists. Free classifieds for musicians. Offers paid & non paid areas for cd review & interview placement (female artists only).

Churchhouse Records Undra Hill
undra@churchhouserecords.com
http://www.churchhouserecords.com
We have a Bi- Monthly online magazine called the Churchouse Connection. We are willing to do an article on a outstanding independent Christian / Gospel artist.

N. Pregoski's ROCKCRIT Page
Nella Pregoski pregoski@yahoo.com
http://www.theneighbors.net
An online page of reviews and interviews of unsigned bands. The goal is to provide bands with useful material for their press-kits, especially record reviews. Pregoski writes somewhat humorous reviews, but always with pointed criticisms that draw out what's good about a given record, song or band. Slick packaging and polished recording quality will get you no where with Pregoski; for her it's all about songwriting, innovation and vibe.

The Best Female Musicians
dennis@bestfemalemusicians.com
http://www.bestfemalemusicians.com
Each month I will post ten or so HOT artists for you to check out. Read reviews of new releases by many of the artists featured on this site.

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Kilohertz Networks, Inc.
Lori Glauser lori@khz.cc
http://www.khz.cc
Produces and syndicates eclectic music programs including "jungleZone", "radio*dmz presents", and "Honkytonk Hoedown".

FreeFall
David Bassin freefall@pacbell.net
http://www.geocities.com/davidbassin/freefall.html
A mix of future jazz, soul, abstract beats & world rhythms heard live on KUSF San Francisco, Tuesdays from 10pm-midnight PST.

DarkSide of the Radio
Jon Hensley hollywood@kih.net
http://www.dsotr.8m.com
Indie Section: http://www.dsotr.8m.com/indy.htm
~NEW~ DarkSide of the Radio NOW offers many options to Indie Artists/Bands! Not only can you submit your music to our radio station that is one of the most popular on the entire internet, you can also view our new INDIE section to find out how we can help out your efforts.

Live-N-Kickin Bluegrass
Billy J. Ivers BILLYJIVERS@aol.com
http://www.wluw.org
A first Saturday monthly radio show on WLUW 88.7 in Chicago. We play 1 hour of recorded music by various recording artists, and we feature 1 hour of "live" bluegrass music in our WLUW studio by a featured recording artist of the month.

University of Rochester Radio
Evan Merz poorleedubd@poorleedubd.com
http://wrur.rochester.edu
I play good independent music on my weekly show.

The Latest Score WOMR
Canary Burton seabird@capecod.net
http://www.womr.org
The show is based in Provincetown, MA. I play new music, NonPop, high ambient, electroacoustic, total noise, synthesizer creation, sound art, anthing related to the 'contemporary classical scene". Basically I play everything that comes in. I think I have trashed maybe three submissions in 6 years. My show is on every other Tuesday from 1 to 4pm EST USA.

Open Minds
Cynthia Torp cynthia@frii.com
http://www.openminds.com
A weekly radio show that spotlights women's voices from music to politics. We're looking for high quality women artists in the folk, blues and jazz. Please submit cds to KRFC, 1705 Heatheridge D303, Fort Collins, CO 80525. All CDs will be reviewed and responded to.

Muses of Sound
aMuse muses@soundmag.com
http://www.soundmag.com
In October of 2000, the live web radio show "Muses of Sound" was born. Gaining rapid popularity among the local music community locally and globally, the show was quickly catapulted to the #1 slot on its matron internet radio station. The show has since undergone a transformation from live format to on-demand stream and has returned home to The Sound, www.soundmag.com. Hosted by "aMuse," the program continues to showcase an eclectic blend of sonic synesthetics from ambient to hard rock, interviews with special guests, and plans to add literary prose to the format in the near future.

The Rock Department 90.7 FM
Dylan Desmarais pig413@hotmail.com
http://www.angelfire.com/rock/thecleansing
90.7 FM WTCC's own Rock Department website! The best in local, national, and international loud rock and metal!

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4. ONLINE SERVICES/LABELS THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC

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Step Out Productions
Shannon Blalack shannon@stepoutproductions.com
http://www.stepoutproductions.com
Promotes independent music in the Midwest and strives to build an awareness about the importance of supporting independent musicians and businesses.

Maple Island Records
Jeff jeff@mapleislandrecords.com
http://www.mapleislandrecords.com
Independent record producer & label. In search of & promoting independent songwriters.

4th Rail Productions
Rick Barnes rick@4thrail.com
http://www.4thrail.com
A full service music promotion and production company based in Portland, Oregon specializing in live instrument electronica.

Strange Vibes
Brian Mawhinney StrangeVibes@hotmail.com
http://www.strangevibes.com
A new CD distribution site for Independent Musicians to post their CDs for free. The site will be actively promoted with advertising.

Partners Recording Corporation
Charles Kelly ceo@partnersrecording.com
http://www.partnersrecording.com
Neo-Soul, Jazz, Hip-Hop/Urban Indie Record and publishing Corporation.

Pleb Records Promotions
Graeme Sutherland plebrecords@email.com
http://www.plebrecords.8m.com
Independently run, non-profit making promotions and independent record company.

Silverglobe Records
Silvanus silvergloberecords@yahoo.com
http://silvergloberecords.tripod.com
We are Roots Reggae Label from Montreal, Canada. We are commited to bring positve and uplifting Reggae Music to the public.

Gridrecords.com
Karie karie@gridrecords.com
http://www.gridrecords.com
An On-Line distributor and promoter of independent and alternative music based in Helsinki, FUNLAND

98 Proof Recordings
M W zzmtwzz@hotmail.com
http://www.98proof.com
A hip hop / R&B independent record label based in Neptune, New Jersey.

Me No Know Records
tim ghostofanastro@yahoo.com
http://www.geocities.com/menoknowrecords
A pop label collective based out of Montreal Canada and Gloucester MA. Always interested in putting out cd-r compilations and promoting the magical sounds of sweet sweet pop.

SonicAwareness
Zach zb@sonicawareness.com
http://www.sonicawareness.com
Promotion for independent musicians. All styles accepted. We make sure your music is heard all over the world.

The BuzzPlant
Bob Hutchins Info@buzzplant.com
http://www.buzzplant.com
Internet marketing and Promotion for the Christian Music Industry. Largest Database of opt-in Christian Music Fans.

BLAM REKORDZ
Rage rage_born_to_kill@hotmail.com
http://blamrekordz2003.cjb.net
We are an independant label for the hip hop/ rap genre

Bad Robot
Paul Reid info@badrobot.co.uk
http://www.badrobot.co.uk
Home to lo-fi, punk/pop, experimental and demo recording label. Bad Robot is a small, independent footprint in England.

I.T.D.M. (Intent to distribute Malvolio) music & merch.
Sonny Malvolio malvoliocybercafe@hotmail.com
http://myweb.ecomplanet.com/MALV1029
A Mexico city based indie label offering great services such as cybercafe, clothing and indie label. we internationally distribute music for artists that are hoping to get noticed and are currently accepting demo submissions.

City Lights Entertainment
Michael Wood mike@citylightsent.com
http://www.citylightsent.com
Regardless of what city you live in, there are great bands with great recordings. Bands trying to get ahead and get noticed. City Lights Entertainment offers online distribution of independent recordings at great prices.

IDBI Recording Studio
Tim Freeman optisys@ix.netcom.com
http://www.freeman-enterprises.com/studio-1.html
We record and promote new/unheard Gospel Artists. Showcase your music on our website. Get a FREE MP3 download...

City King Records
Mr.Baker Citykingrecords@msn.com
http://www.Citykingrecords.com
We are Minnesota's leading Hip Hop Label.

eXtremeSportsMusic.com
jk@extremesportsmusic.com
http://eXtremeSportsMusic.com
This is a place for independent musicians who are also extreme sports enthusiasts to sell and distribute their CDs to loyal fans of extreme sports. Band sites include your album cover, streaming mp3s, lyrics, fan club info, reviews, gig schedule and the ability to upload pictures and stories of your sporting experiences and concerts. As a special offer for artists, we are also listing your band on a second web distribution site when you sign up.

Smith Gospel Music Communications
Anthony Smith absmith53@yahoo.com
http://www.smithgospelmusic.com
Educating and training new independent artists and musicians to spread the gospel through music ministry.

Megabop Records
http://www.Megabop.com
Paul Ballance paulballancemusic@ukonline.co.uk
A Dance Music Label distributed by Absolute/Universal in the UK. Megabop covers the wide spectrum of House Music and intends to create through future releases a fusion of dance rock and pop music combining cutting edge production/arrangements with distinctive/original song structures.

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ZaZZeR.com
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MidPoint Music Festival Announces Opening of Registration for 2003

Last year close to 10,000 music fans watched over 150 bands and solo artists perform at this three-day independent music showcase and industry conference. 2003 looks to be even bigger and better. Go to http://www.mpmf.com and register online NOW. Online registration ends Friday, April 25. See what all the noise is about!
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The Kings of A&R
Maribeth Guinee maribethguinee@aol.com
http://www.kingsofar.com
An industry site that exposes unsigned acts to the music industry.

Roamteam Productions
Tommy Anderson tanderson@roamteam.com
http://roamteam.com
Supports up and coming talent with local monthly music showcases, promotion, and a large network for booking in the Denver area and the surrounding ski resort circuit.

*Buenos Aires Tango Jazz*
Andrea Bo tangojazz@argentina.com
http://tangojazz.sitio.net
DAta, music, videos online about tango , jazz, world music, ballet, flamenco, artists from Argentina.

LukeHits.com
Luke writeluke@lukehits.com
http://lukehits.com
Connects underdog bands with high-profile Film & TV projects. He readily accepts (and listens to...for free) hundreds of unsigned demos every week.

Spokanebands.com
Dan dan@spokanebands.com
http://www.spokanebands.com
Check out the other Northwest Music Scene! Events, bands, news, forums, venues and much more.

Sime-Zine
Tad VanDyke ld_manager45@hotmail.com
http://www.sime-zine.com
This is an E-Zine to promote the unsigned/local band. The bands submit their news and we post it on our site for the public to know when and where they will be playing. It is a good resource for the public and the bands to get info on their favorite local band. We also have links to bands for fans and bands to visit. This site is constantly being updated daily and it also has message boards and instant messaging for people to contact other people.

Musician Spotlight
Aud musicianspotlight@yahoo.com
http://www.geocities.com/musicianspotlight
Resource for indie bands and music industry people in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Down Side Up Network
HipHopBear hiphopbear@shaw.ca
http://dsunetwork.ca
The mission statement of dsu is to do everything we can to connect Canada's underground or independent hip hop scenes, to bring artists and groups together using an interactive Network.

Women In Rock
Jeff Harlan womeninrock@aol.com
http://www.womenrock.org
Dedicated to providing music industry resources and performance opportunities for new and emerging independent women in music. We are accepting material solicitations.

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7. THE WRITTEN AGREEMENT AMONGST BAND MEMBERS Part II by John Tormey III
© 2003 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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The real value of a contract - any contract, including the AABM - is as a dispute-resolution and dispute-avoidance tool. In other words, tackle the likely-occurring and even possibly-occurring long-range events that might come up in the band's lifetime; fight over and resolve them now; and put the results on paper. Better to do it now, than pay litigators thousands upon thousands of dollars to do it in the courts later.

Oftentimes, band members just "don't want to think about" what would happen, for example, if the bass player departs to raise kids in Maui, or if the singer-songwriter front-man just up and leaves to join the Air Force. But if the other band members at all value their investment of time, sweat and money in the band, then they should know and have fully thought through - in advance - the answers to these types of questions. Who owns and administrates the copyrights in the songs? Who is responsible for storing the masters? Who has final say in the hiring and firing of a manager? If the band breaks up, which member or members, if any, may keep using the band's name? And these are just some of the questions that should come up.

Every band's situation is different, and the lists of questions to contemplate will therefore be as different as there are different band personalities and different band members. It is true that the band should be better off, if a lawyer prepares the AABM. In a perfect world, all band members would be separately represented by a different attorney, and the resulting document would therefore have more presumptive fairness than if but one band member had counsel. It is also true that a non-lawyer lay-person cannot practice law without a license in the United States.

But should all these considerations prevent a band from taking their first shot at creating a good AABM? Absolutely not. The band should at least try to resolve amongst its own members, the answers to all of the "what if" questions that will likely come up in the life-cycle of any band. The band can try to resolve these questions on paper. Thereafter when affordable, one of the band members may decide to consult with an attorney to review and revise the band's starting-point document - (typically, this turns out in practice to be the band member with the most at stake in the outcome).

Conversely, be aware that one attorney may well not be able or be allowed to represent all band members simultaneously, due to concerns regarding possible conflicts of interest, especially if different band members have different percentage investments at stake in the band's commercial endeavors.

There should be plenty of time in the future for the band to consider the technicalities regarding rules of attorney-client representation, and "who represents who". And when the time for representation is right, these are serious threshold questions that should be taken seriously. Besides, no lawyer would take on a client without first carefully evaluating these types of issues, as well as asking a lot of additional questions himself or herself on his or her own.

In the meantime, all bands should carefully deliberate upon the question of what written agreement should be drafted and negotiated amongst the band members. Doing so now, in the present tense, could save a lot of heartache and expense down the road in the future.

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John Tormey III is a New York lawyer who handles general commercial, transactional, and corporate matters. John is also admitted to practice law in California, and in Washington, D.C. John's focus is in the area of entertainment, arts, and media, including endeavors to market artistic material to professional entertainment industry recipients. Prevalent client matters include new business start-ups, corporate and contractual work, employment, and computer and Internet projects. John's past experience includes motion pictures, television, music, art, merchandising, licensing, publishing, advertising, marketing, interactive media, litigation, and wills and estates. John represents companies and individuals alike. He brings affordable legal services to those that need them. Please feel free to contact John for his current law practice statement and submission guidelines. http://www.tormey.org ============================================
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8. 25 THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT RECORD DISTRIBUTION PART II by Christopher Knab
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Last month we looked at the first 13 things to remember. Now, here are the other 12 key points.

14) Be aware that as a new label you will have to offer a distributor 100% on returns of your product.

15. You must bear all the costs of any distribution and retail promotions.

16. Be able to furnish the distributor with hundreds of ‘Distributor One Sheets’ (Attractively designed summary sheets describing your promotion and marketing commitments. Include barcodes, list price, picture of the album cover, and catalog numbers of your product too..

17. Distributors may ask for hundreds of free promotional copies of your release to give to the buyers at the retail stores.

18. Make sure all promotional copies have a hole punched in the barcode, and that they are not shrink-wrapped. This will prevent any unnecessary returns of your product.

19. Don’t expect a distributor to pay your invoices in full or on time. You will always be owed something by the distributor because of the delay between orders sent, invoices received, time payment schedules (50-120 days per invoice) and whether or not your product has sold through, or returns are pending.

20. Create a relationship that is a true partnership between your label and the distributor.

21. Keep the distributor updated on any and all promotion and marketing plans and results, as they develop.

22. Be well financed. Trying to work with distributors without a realistic budget to participate in promotional opportunities would be a big mistake.

23. Your distributor will only be as good as your marketing plans to sell the record. Don’t expect them to do your work for you, remember all they do is get records into the stores.

24. Read the trades, especially Billboard for weekly news on the health of the industry, and/or the status of your distributor.

25. Work your product relentlessly on as many fronts as possible… commercial and non commercial airplay, internet airplay and sales campaigns, on and offline publicity ideas, and touring...eternally touring!

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Christopher Knab is a music business Consultant, Author and Lecturer. He was recently honored by Seattle’s Rocket magazine as "One of the Most Influential People in the Northwest Music Industry."

You can visit Christopher's website at: http://www.4frontmusic.com or contact him personally at: Chris@Knab.com
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